Friday, July 19, 2013

The Balance of Obedience

I was just on the phone with a dear friend.  She was telling about what she had been up to.  She recently made the decision to stay home.

I've recently completed my first book.  I'm so excited.  It's being edited and I will 'publish' the ebook the first of August.

In my book the main character learns about massed produced foods (including milk) and genetically modified foods and the health issues they cause.   She becomes a Champion of her Cause and danger pursues... (it's fictional but based on true events).

Anyway- I would consider myself a Champion of ...... hhmmm .... 

  • The TRUE Christian Life (expanded later and not complicated)
  • Healthy Foods
  • Reducing my carbon footprint
  • Healing - emotional, spiritual, and physical
  • Setting the captive free
  • Worshiping in spirit and in truth
  • Living my life and not judging others
  • Natural Medicine (and Conventional when no natural medicine is available)
  • Personal Wholeness

In Jeremiah 29:11 God says He has a plan for you.  Each one of us.  He knows the plan he designed for us- before we were born.

Jeremiah 29:11

New International Version (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

The Balance of Obedience means we each follow our own God-designed plan to the best of our ability ... seeking Him for guidance and listening to His still small voice.  To get up when we fall.  Right the Wrongs and continue on the journey He has for us.

You may be a Champion of ....

Clean Air, Save the Animals, Pro-Life, Living Sustainability, Being a mom, a dad, a grandparent, a student, have a career .....

My 'calling' is different from yours and yours from mine.  AND that is perfectly fine.

I care about each thing I mention two sentences up- but those weren't the first things that popped in my head.

I believe that if I do what I'm called to do.  And you do what you are called to do.  And others would do what God called them to do.....

Then we would .......

be better people     -     have clean air, water, food     -     treat animals correctly
and on and on.....

But we live in a fallen world.  Not everyone will do their part.  Some might not know how, or know they should, or care to ..... 

I can only live my life and pray and encourage others to Seek God for themselves.

Below is the devotional I received from Joel Osteen today ......

I pray that as you read this - you will make the decision to follow the path God has for you.

Stretch Further
“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back...”
(Isaiah 54:2, NIV)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
God doesn’t want you to just barely get by in life. He wants you to experience His abundance. He wants you to constantly be increasing. He wants you to be happy in your marriage. He wants you to enjoy your work. He wants you to be continually rising to new heights. If you’re in sales, God wants you to lead that company. If you’re an athlete, God wants you to set new records. If you’re a mom, God wants you to be the best mom that you can possibly be.
We serve a big God with big plans for your future. Maybe some things haven’t worked out the way you thought they should because those plans were too small. Maybe it’s time to stretch yourself further and get a bigger vision for your life. If you’re not sure how to do that, start by asking God to increase your thinking. Ask Him to increase your capacity to receive from Him. Ask Him to enlarge your tent stakes. Continue to meditate on His Word and spend time in His presence, then watch what He will do as you stretch and grow in Him.
Father, thank You for Your grace and mercy in my life. Thank You for believing in me, for giving me a hope and a future. Today I choose to stretch; I choose increase; I choose to rise up higher so that I can be all You’ve created me to be in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

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